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Section IV Football Coaches getting out in front of concussions

By Jeremy Donovan.
Full contact will always be a part of football. But with every big hit, comes the risk of injury.

"Concussions aren't going to go away but we want to make sure we make it not only a better game, but a safer game," said Matt Gallagher, Maine-Endwell head football coach; USA Football master trainer.

Led by Gallagher, Section IV football coaches learned how to identify concussions on Friday and properly handle players that have suffered from one.

"Kids are going to get hurt playing in their front yard," said Mike Ramil, Binghamton Patriots head coach. "The fact that, people need to understand the risk and realize that football is not the highest concussionary [sic] rate in sports but like they said, we're taking the step forward, we're taking the lead so that all sports will understand that we need to protect these kids."

"Anytime you're taking steps to make a game like football safer, it's going to be a good thing," said Nick Aiello, Tioga Tigers head coach. "I think the message getting out there too, the parents at the youth level, the modified level, JV's, Varsity up through the college level and NFL, I think is just a great movement all around."

The USA Football training taught Gallagher new, safer techniques for blocking and tackling that will now be used throughout the section.

With every coach in the section now teaching the same techniques it'll not only make the game safer by helping to eliminate injuries, but it'll make athletes better football players.

"We want these kids instinctively to do each of these techniques and just make better football players, safer football players," Ramil said.

"It's going to make for better football," Gallagher said. "Which, I think Section IV is pretty good already but, to make it better football makes you a better football player and just to know that everyone is teaching the same way, so hopefully the game will be safer as well."